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(Girl)Friend (2018)

Ami-ami (original title)
Vincent and Nefeli just moved in together. They're best friends and swore to never fall in love again. That is until Vincent meets Julie.


Thomas Cailley (screenplay), Benjamin Charbit (screenplay) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
William Lebghil ... Vincent
Margot Bancilhon ... Nefeli
Jonathan Cohen ... Frédéric
Camille Razat ... Julie
Béatrice de Staël Béatrice de Staël ... Eléna, la mère de Vincent
Marie-Christine Orry Marie-Christine Orry ... Morland, la voisine
Nicolas Wanczycki ... Pétament, l'agent immobilier
Sébastien Chassagne ... Olivier
Hugues Jourdain Hugues Jourdain ... Paulo
Paul-Antoine Chenoz Paul-Antoine Chenoz ... Xavier
Adrien Rob Adrien Rob ... Le beau mec
Marc Riso Marc Riso ... Le mec marrant
Yann Papin Yann Papin ... L'homme squelette
Stéphanie Mathieu Stéphanie Mathieu ... Officier de police
Agnès Hurstel Agnès Hurstel ... Joueuse Time's Up


Vincent and Nefeli just moved in together. They're best friends and swore to never fall in love again. That is until Vincent meets Julie.

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Comedy of Missed Opportunities
7 June 2018 | by BiiivALSee all my reviews

After experiencing a heavy break with his girlfriend, Vinsan (William Lebhil) decided that he no longer intended to suffer from love. And what is needed in order not to fall in love? Of course, make friends. So Vinsan got along with his old friend Nefeli (Margot Bansiyon), who is also in no hurry to fall in love. Together they began to rent an apartment, promising each other that from now on no serious relationship, no love, only sex for preventive purposes. This applies not only to each other, but also to partners on the side. Everything was fine until Julie appeared on the horizon (Camille Raza).

The debut romantic comedy of Victor Saint Makari does not pretend to anything, even the originality of the plot. The guy and the girl decided not to fall in love anymore? Someone will believe that their friendship will not grow into something more by the end of the film? Friendship is good, and even very, but love is better. Sex does not interfere with friendship, but with love it is much better combined. That's the whole simple message of this French comedy. However, Victor Saint Makari made a slightly strange accent. Vincent and Nefeli do everything well, as long as they observe the established rules. Life is getting better, noisy parties go one by one, leading to a frenzy neighbor with a migraine and an aquarium fish. Problems arise when love comes. And along with her accompanying lies, sex and jealousy. There you have to decide something, but you really do not want to do it.

Vinsan is a very modern young man. Having lived to twenty-five years old, he never learned to make decisions. He does not have a permanent job or his own home. It seems that all his life he existed at the expense of women. First, he was patronized by Mom (that one thing!), Then the first girlfriend, then he fell under the wing of Nefeli. No, she's not Mom. She behaves like a man: she can not tolerate a housekeeping, she does not know how to cook, but she gives advice on the riser with pleasure and has sex with the first people on the way. By the way, there are a lot of sex in the film, and very vulgar. And many naked male bodies, sometimes in very dubious perspectives. In this case, Vinsan behaves like a shy young lady. He constantly grabs the phone to answer his favorite's esemezku. Even the laundry is ironing, while Nefeli is watching TV.

Julie is the direct opposite of Nefeli, gentle, feminine. With her, Vinsan feels like a real stallion. In the developed love-friendly triangle, he acts as a fifteen-year-old teenager, lying, twisting, doing one stupid after another and becoming more and more confused. The authors of the film could focus on this topic: the problem of age-old infantilists who do not want to grow up is very relevant. Moreover, both female characters are quite adult and independent girls. Nefeli is a lawyer, and Julie is a medical student. Both want from Vincent adults, deliberate deeds, or at least honest confessions. Vincent has parents who have their own problems from divorce to suspicion of cancer. They are timidly trying to get at least moral support from him, but it seems that he does not care much. And the authors of the film clearly sympathize with Vincent and want us to sympathize with him.

Here it would be possible to develop the theme of feminism and the change of gender roles in modern society, where it is not for men to remain adults of great age, but the authors also missed this opportunity. "My ex-girlfriend" is just a simple comedy of positions, in which sharply social themes are just an excuse for the next gag, toothless, and often unsuccessful. William Lebhil is a young French comedian, whose popularity is growing. But behind him the role of a charming fool is firmly entrenched, so he appears in the film. This in itself is not bad. In this role played in his youth Pierre Richard. But his characters have always been cute sloths, not very smart, not very smart, but these shortcomings were bathed in sincerity and inner conviction of what is good and what is bad. Vinsan Williams Lebkhila is just a fool, which is a lot. Even it is not clear that it attracts women, whom he changes, like gloves. (But it is understandable why they throw it with a scandal.) Did the French men grind so much that it is impossible to get to know someone better? It seems that the filmmakers think so, because Vincent's best friend Fred (Jonathan Cohen) is just as stupid, only less charming and more annoying. A neighbor in the window opposite, so generally a complete asshole. But this topic was not developed in the film either.

As a result, the only remaining theme in the film is whether friendship between a man and a woman is possible. And despite the fact that formally the main hero is Vinsan, it is up to the woman to decide this issue. And it looks like a very bearded anecdote. Well, I want a woman a simple woman's happiness! I would like - perehochetsya!

What will result in Vinsan, love or friendship? Oh no! He will not choose, women will choose. And he only with a blissful grin on his face will fall into the framed embrace, happy from the fact that he still does not need to decide anything.

The film could amuse, if the main character would not be so unpleasant (albeit charming). The authors have not yet decided whether they condemn modern feminism, or simply mildly ridicule it. Jokes are sometimes so tight that you start thinking about the rewind button. And all the shock moments are associated with sex (for example, the scene with the "rape" of a bicycle).

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